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October 2017 Archives

Self-driving cars may face fewer regulatory hurdles

Regulatory hurdles may be one of the biggest obstacles to seeing self-driving cars on California roadways. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that it is seeking input into how to reduce those barriers. Primarily, it is asking interested parties for input into any regulations that may be unnecessary. The NHTSA is also asking for input into what research may be necessary to determine how to rewrite or eliminate current regulations.

Don't let a pedestrian accident take the pep out of your step

As you bike to work in the morning, you feel overjoyed for the very fact that it's Friday. You begin to mull over your activities for the weekend, but then all of a sudden, a quickly approaching car snaps your mind back to the present. You try to avoid it, but it's too late, and the car strikes your bicycle and sends you flying and hitting the ground. You have just been involved in a pedestrian accident due to a careless driver.

How truckers endanger others through poor health

Truck drivers in California and around the country increase their risk for accidents the more medical conditions they have. This is according to a study conducted by University of Utah School of Medicine researchers. Analyzing the medical records and crash histories of 49,464 commercial truck drivers, the study claims that 34 percent have medical conditions that have been connected in the past with poor driving performance.

2016 sees 9-year high in car crash fatalities

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year a total of 37,461 people (including drivers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians) died in car accidents around the country. This was a nine-year high, exceeded only by the 41,259 people who died in 2007, and the figures might alarm some California motorists.

3 common injuries suffered by motorcyclists

Although motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in California, they can be dangerous to drive due to the fact that they require more coordination and skill than driving a passenger car. When things do go wrong, the lack of protection could result in potentially life-threatening injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than four-fifths of all motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries or death.

How to safely share the road with large trucks

Some California motorists find it unnerving to share the highway with an 18-wheeler truck. The vehicles take up a lot of space on the road, and they may seem menacing as they barrel past. However, by following a few safety tips, people can make big rig encounters easier for both themselves and truck drivers.